Where is the Balloon Festival Located?
Horseshoe Bay Resort and the Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch are located 45 minutes west of Austin. Take Highway 71 west through Spicewood and past HWY 281 (approximately 5 miles) and turn right at the Horseshoe Bay Ranch entrance . You will see signs for Festival Parking. Remember, parking this year is located directly at the festival site and is $10 per car. The pass includes both the morning and evening sessions.
What can I expect at the Balloon Festival?
Early start times and lots of balloons. Hot Air Balloon Festivals start early in the morning and Balloon Glows take place late in the evening. Winds are calmer in the morning and thus balloon pilots have traditionally started early in the morning before sunrise when the winds are calmer. Gates on Saturday morning will open at 6:30 a.m. and we expect the balloons to take flight around 7 a.m. Balloons Glows take place when balloons simultaneously illuminate during the event-if you have never see a Balloon Glow, you know you don’t want to miss this opportunity; be sure to bring your camera!
In addition to the Balloon Glows, the event will featuring wine tastings from some of the best vineyards in the state of Texas. Live music will take place on Friday night (The Crush) and Saturday (Milke Drive and Ed Kowalczyk), A Grand Easter Brunch buffet will be offered to overnight VIP package guests on Easter Sunday.
Saturday will feature Sky Divers and powered parachutes performing demonstrations. Many arts and craft vendors from throughout the Texas Hill Country will be on hand making for a great atmosphere all weekend long.
Are Kids 12 and under Free?
Yes. On Saturday only with accompanied parent. There is a limit of 2 kids per parent that get free admission.
What part of the Festival is Open to the Public?
The Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch will be open to the public on Saturday, April 15th only. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. for the morning session. Your day pass is good for both the morning and evening sessions and includes Saturday live music and entertainment.
We suggest coming for either the morning session or the evening session. You may come to both with your $20 day-pass. Just make sure you get stamped on the way out of the morning session. Most people come for the balloon ascension in the morning and then leave to come back later for the balloon glow and live music. Gates open at 4 p.m. for the evening session.
How do I participate in Friday’s VIP Party and Sunday’s Easter Brunch?
Friday’s VIP Sponsor Party that includes a BBQ Buffet and tethered balloon ride is only open to Sponsors, VIP Festival Package resort guests and Horseshoe Bay Resort Club Members. To purchase the VIP Festival Package that includes access to all three days of the Festival please call 877-713-2022 or book online at hsbresort.com
Will food and drinks be available?
Of course! We will have food and drinks available at all three days of the Festival. VIP Festival packages included BBQ buffet dinner on Friday night and Sunday Brunch on April 16th. Bring cash, but we will have an ATMs available on festival grounds and there is an ATM on site at Horseshoe Bay Resort as well.
Tickets are on a first-come first serve basis. Tickets have been selling extremely fast (much faster than we expected) online so we advise not to wait or you may see SOLD OUT the week leading up to the event. Make sure you print your tickets and bring them to the Festival to be exchange for your Day Pass.
Balloon Festival T-shirts are extremely popular and will be available for purchase at the festival site again this year.
Will there be seating at the Balloon Festival?
There will be limited seating; we encourage you to bring fold-able chairs to use throughout the Festival Grounds. Remember, you will be walking on grass at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Ranch so wear comfortable shoes.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
Ticket policy is **No refunds No exchanges** as clearly stated on our website and on your tickets. We have two sessions on Saturday so we will do our best to get as much entertainment to you during the event as possible. Dress for the weather and know that we will do everything possible to make your experience great. We just can’t control the RAIN or WIND at each event. Watch the updateds on the horseshoe bay resort mobile app for updates to festival weather. You may find one session has better conditions than the other.
No outside food or drink is permitted.
Security will be onsite to insure that all guests are following rules and regulations.
Pictures: Take plenty of pictures of the balloons and aerial demonstrations. This is a photo-fun event for your family to enjoy. We will also have a photo contest on the balloonsoverhsbresort.com website afterwards
Questions: Contact us directly at 877-258-4512